BANGOR – Penobscot County Jail is giving some inmates a positive way to help themselves while also helping others.
Some inmates at Penobscot County Jail have been putting their time and skills to good use.
While making warm blankets, lap blankets and other sewing projects, not only do the inmates get time off their sentence but they are a part of something bigger than themselves.
The way that they get their time off is through an hour-by-hour conversion system. They work an eight-hour day so every 16 they work, they get a day off their sentence. So they can shorten their time in jail by participating in this program.
But there is a long vetting process to determine which inmate is a good choice to sew in the program.
“We consider length of sentence we consider the charges they’re being held on that they got sentenced on,” said Programs Cpl. Jason Raymond.
“We consider their behavior in the jail and a number of other factors go into it and if they meet our criteria to become a trustee, I’ll come up and chat with them and have a conversation about the jobs that I have open and whether they’d be a good fit or not,” Raymond said.
So it is a mutually beneficial relationship for the inmate trustee, the jail itself and the recipients of the blankets and quilts.
Those who want to donate can drop them off at the jail at 85 Hammond St.